Should or Must?: Nature of the Obligation of States to Use Trade Instruments for the Advancement of Environmental, Labour, and Other Human Rights (S. J. Powell)

Author Stephen J. Powell Keywords human rights, ethical obligations, legal quality, power, global harm principle, international law, accountability, human rights violations, transnational corporations, U.S. Alien Tort Statute Abstract This article examines whether customs, treaties, and historical facts have caused the ethical human rights obligations of economically powerful states to assume a legal quality. The author […]

Human Rights Violations and Climate Change: The Last Days of the Inuit People? (S. Nuffer)

Author Sarah Nuffer Keywords human rights violations, climate change, Inuit, Arctic, vulnerability, responsibility, future generations, United Nations, native groups, indigenous people Excerpt INTRODUCTION The climate is changing. There is little debate left with regard to this statement. However, the world is still grappling with what exactly this change means. The Secretary General of the United […]

The Blood of Going Green: Using Environmental Initiatives to Account for the Human Rights Violations of the Green Movement (N. Ketabi)

Author(s) Noushin Ketabi Keywords green movement, human rights violations, biofuel development, science of climate change, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, soy industry, emissions reduction Abstract Part I of this Note first illustrates the science of climate change and the push for biofuel development. Next, this Note uses human rights to define the problems associated with biofuel development […]

Advocacy Strategies for Promoting Greater Consideration of Climate Change and Human Rights in Development Activities: The Case of the West Seti Hydroelectric Project in Nepal (L. Johnson)

Author(s) Lise Johnson Keywords Nepal, hydroelectricity, India, West Seti Hydroelectric Project (WSHP), climate change, human rights violations Abstract “I. INTRODUCTION Construction may soon begin on the West Seti Hydroelectric Project (WSHP) in the western region of Nepal. The 750-megawatt facility, which will produce power primarily for export to India, involves construction of a 195-meter high […]

Climate Change, Human Rights, and the Rights to be Cold (J. Harrington)

Author(s) Joanna Harrington Keywords climate change, human rights, United States, human right to be cold, greenhouse gases, human rights violations Abstract “I. INTRODUCTION In December 2005, the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) (re-named the Inuit Circumpolar Council in July 2006) publicly lodged a lengthy petition against the United States with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights […]